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"And the Moslem Ottoman power, which at its height again threatened all of Western Europe, was barely turned back at the gates of Vienna on 11 September 1683 by a coalition of European armies. Incidentally, could there be a connection between 9.11.1683 and 9.11.2001, or is it just coincidence?"I discovered this startling coincidence in the latter part of the week of 9-11-01 reading Hilaire Belloc’s "The Great Heresies". Given the fact that he wrote the book prior to the Second World War, his warning is quite striking:“Vienna, as we saw, was almost taken and only saved by the Christian army under the command of the King of Poland on a date that ought to be among the most famous in history – September 11, 1683.”I also shared it with a professor who then shared it with a friend in the Bush administration who said that the President’s office was already aware of it. However, when I shared this amazing fact with a very knowledgeable Church Historian friend, he claimed that the date is wrong and dismissed the coincidence. Can anyone confirm it?
I've read a couple of articles on virtueonline.org in the culture wars section over the last six or so months that referred to the 9/11/1683 date and the authors did not consider it to be coincidental. i do not have time to search the archives right now. In The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam, Bat Ye'or comments on the Turkish jihad spanning 5 centuries and advancing as far as Vienna, with a date of 1683 - no month/no day.
Great article. I'm afraid dhimmitude is on the horizon for those dhumb enough to have allowed the Mohammedans to overrun their nations.
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